Kevin Jones paced Lokomotiv with 17 points. Evgeny Baburin added 12 on 4 of 6 three-point shooting for the visitors. Unicaja led all the way, opening the game with a 19-3 run and keeping a 37-24 margin at halftime. Despite pulling down 10 offensive rebounds, Lokomotiv hit just 6-of-25 shots inside the arc (24%) in the first half and committed 7 turnovers. Unicaja finished the game with 10 turnovers, 27 fouls drawn and a 59.3% two-point shooting percentage (16-of-27), in what were the biggest keys to this game.
Dani Diez got Unicaja going with a three-pointer and Nedovic struck twice from beyond the arc, which caused Lokomotiv to call timeout at 9-0. Matt Janning joined the three-point shootout, but Fogg and Omic combined for 7 points in another 10-0 run that broke the game open, 19-3. Taylor Rochestie hit a jumper and Baburin added consecutive triples, but Jamar Smith answered from beyond the arc, Carlos Suarez hit free throws and a buzzer-beating floater by Fogg gave Unicaja a 27-11 margin after 10 minutes. Ian Vougioukas scored down early in the second quarter, but a red-hot Fogg followed a three-pointer with a jumper for a 32-13 Unicaja lead.
Lokomotiv found a go-to guy in Jones, who had 4 points in a 9-0 run that brought the guests within 32-22. Nedovic scored again and a layup by Suarez boosted Unicaja's margin to 37-24 at halftime. Jones followed a layup with a jumper right after the break, but Jeff Brooks and Smith kept Unicaja way ahead, 42-28. Ryan Broekhoff and Mardy Collins found their first points to give the guests hope at 46-36. Diez nailed a triple, Nedovic added a jumper and an off-balance basket by Fogg restored a 53-40 Unicaja lead, which Vladimir Ivlev cut to 53-42 after 30 minutes. A put-back basket by Jones brought Lokomotiv within single digits, 53-44. Fogg stepped up with a three-pointer and Omic made free throws, but Rochestie kept Lokomotiv alive at 62-51. A big triple by Nedovic sealed the outcome, 65-51, with over four minutes left. Lokomotiv did not give up, but all Unicaja fans had plenty of time to celebrate a historic win.
Sasa Obradovic, Head Coach of PBC Lokomotiv Kuban:
- Congratulations to Unicaja. They deserved to play the final and showed they are the better team in this moment. I wish them luck. Actually, I think we lost our chance in Game 1 because we didn't use our home-court advantage. We knew that it was going to be very hard to win here tonight. We had a very bad start, then somehow we caught the rhythm and almost won all the other three quarters, but of course, this is not the game. They did a great job, finding the right guys at the right moment. Congratulations to the whole team and their coaching staff for this success.
Cheer up Lokonation! You are the best, and our basketball season is going on. On March 25th, we welcome one of leaders of the VTB United League Zenit at Basket Hall. The game starts at 1:00 Moscow time.